Types of Ecological Niches

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An ecological niche describes how a species lives and interacts with other organisms in a habitat. It can be thought of as the role or job that a species has in nature. There are as many ecological niches on Earth as there are organisms. One example is the niche of the bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus. They feed mostly on fish that live in shallow waters as well as rabbits, ground squirrels, raccoons and young deer. They also eat dead animals and occasionally steal food away from other animals. Eagles build nests from branches in areas that have mature and older trees, usually near water. These are all aspects that make up the ecological niche of the bald eagle.

Bald Eagle
The image above shows the bald eagle.


  • Bald Eagle. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved December 18, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bald_eagle

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